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Car fire closes Gotthard Tunnel

National News // June 16, 2017

A car fire stopped traffic in the Gotthard Tunnel for three hours yesterday, causing major jams.

tcs Car fire closes Gotthard Tunnel

A driver who was about a kilometer into the tunnel noticed he was losing power and smelt smoke. He called the police who stopped the traffic and gave him permission to leave his vehicle.

He then noticed flames coming from the engine.

He tackled the blaze with an extinguisher and managed to put the fire out. But damage to tunnel is estimated to be CHF 130,000. 

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